How to Keep the Auto Windshield Always Clean

This article is about how to clean our windshield inside and out. And also, how to prevent ice from adhering to it.

Tips to keep your car’s windshield clean

When cleaning and maintaining the vehicle, the windshield usually has some drawbacks. It is exposed to rain, frost, vapors and soils, and the task of maintaining it seems unattainable. Fortunately, here are many useful tricks and tips.

First of all, we must give them an appropriate cleaning. When washing the car, use specific products to clean glasses and crystals in these areas. Assist with rubber brushes in good condition, and dry them or rinse them with a crumpled newspaper in bolts to completely absorb the humidity. Also, remember to always carry the car wiper pump properly charged. When adding water, remember to put a little glass cleaner or white vinegar, to make cleaning and rinsing more effective when using this mechanism. Another good trick home, to use in a hurry, is to place a few drops of hair shampoo in the water pump.


 

Trick to prevent fogging the windscreen

The interior cleaning of the glass is just as important as any other part. After cleansing with the specific products, give them a pass with a cloth soaked in a mixture of warm water and glycerin, then drying them with a soft cloth or a chamois, to avoid over-coating. Avoid touching the crystals with your hands, as this causes the skin’s own greasiness to adhere to the glass, after which it is very difficult to remove, and causing visibility problems when having sunlight against it. If it has occurred to you, rinse with soft suede, rubbing gently and in a circular fashion, until you get home and you can wash it properly.

Trick to keep windshields clean in winter

If you live in a zone of aggressive winters, where it usually frost or snow, help with this trick: before the cold season, and then regularly, wash the glasses and crystals with hot water in which you have diluted salt. Leave to air dry. This will cause when ice is formed at night, it does not stick to the windshield.

When there are specific soils, such as insects or animal stools, first soak them with a cloth well wet in hot water, leaving it on for a few moments, and then remove them with the same cloth. I repeated the operation until the remains have disappeared, and only then dedicated to the task of washing, to have an ideal result without complications.

How to prepare the car for travel

The maintenance of the vehicle is a very important aspect to reduce to a minimum the possibilities of damages and also to avoid accidents.

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The BMW Connected application takes navigation to another dimension

The BMW Connected application is now available for smart phone or smart watch in Spain. This platform, which we met in the BMW Innovation Days 2017 wirelessly, links our mobile devices with the vehicle, allowing executing orders on the car from our device. BMW Connected recognizes information such as addresses, calendar entries or data from other apps that are then used in the vehicle’s navigator.

The methodology for using the BMW Connected application is quite simple and intuitive. After creating an account and registering on BMW Connected Drive, the user can open a profile on BMW Connected. From that moment, the application recognizes relevant information for mobility as addresses and arrival times (through entries in the calendar) and reports the best time of departure based on traffic information received in real time.

BMW Connected also collects data from other applications of our device for car navigation. The platform offers the “personal destinations learned” feature that recognizes the sites you have traveled to and automatically stores them as favorite destinations. In addition, BMW Connected recognizes mobility patterns, such as the daily journey from work to home. In case there are traffic conditions that delay the time of arrival, the system proposes an alternative route with the earliest arrival time.

On the other hand, the BMW Connected application allows you to send and execute orders on the vehicle. Among the available functions are the locking and unlocking of the doors, activation of the lights, and use of the horn or the air conditioning of the car. These actions vary by model and can be done from any distance.

The BMW 5 Series Touring with the M Performance package

One of the star models of the Munich brand in the past Geneva Motor Show was the BMW 5 Series Touring 2017, the model that completes the range of the Series 5. It is a large family car but does not renounce the dynamic behavior of the Always show the vehicles of the brand.

And what better way to show it than with the BMW 540i xDrive touring with a complete M Performance package. The BMW 5 Series Touring gains a body kit that gives it a more aggressive look including front bumper complements made of carbon fiber along with a rear diffuser, which can have its lower section in that material or polyurethane mime.

There are also heel heels, carbon fiber exterior mirrors, black kidney grill. The air intakes also have some changes to make them look sportier and there are a few stickers and badges that highlight the origin. The BMW M department has just peppered this sporty “salad” with 20-inch Orbit Gray alloy wheels, with 245/35 R20 tires on the front axle and 275/30 R20 tires on the rear.

Once in the cabin, the highlight is the M Performance steering wheel in Alcantara, which on models equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission will have cams behind it to manually change gears.

But they are not all aesthetic additives. In this BMW 540i xDrive touring, you can count on an optional power kit for the 3.0-liter turbocharged engine. It adds 34 CV of force (25 kW) and 50 Nm of torque, reaching 360 CV of power (265 kW) and 500 Nm of torque. In addition to gaining muscle, the brand promises that the engine will have a better response and a more aggressive exhaust sound.

This optional M Performance exhaust system is available not only for the 540i xDrive, but also for the 530i and even for diesel engines like the 520d and 530d. Regardless of the model, the exhaust comes with a stainless steel sports silencer and generates a more powerful tone. The Intersession also the improved it’s braking system.

All these “goodies” will be available from the first day the new 5 Series touring begins to be marketed.

History of the logo

BMW is one of those brands with a long journey in the history of the automobile. Its beginnings go back to principles of century XX. With the passage of time, the German brand has become a hollow in the industry, becoming part of that select and small group of premium car brands. This is the history of BMW.

BMW logo

History of BMW logo

BMW’s circular blue and white logo symbolizes the movement of the propeller of an airplane. It represents blades cutting the blue sky, an interpretation that BMW gave to its emblem in 1929, and twelve years after its creation. It evolved from the circular symbol of the company Rapp Motorenwerke, from which BMW grew, combined with the blue and white colors of the Bavaria flag, invested to produce the current emblem.

History of the brand

1910-1929

The BMW Embryo, Bayerische Flugzeug-Werke (BFW), was founded on March 7, 1916. Rapp-Motorenwerke was renamed Bayerische Motoren Werke on July 21, 1917. Thanks to the start of the war the small company enjoys a fast growth. On August 13, 1918, Bayerische Motoren Werke started its stock market listing and changed its name to BMW AG. In 1922 BMW acquires BFW. Since then it is considered the date of the creation of BMW as the foundation of BFW.

BMW factory (2)

1930-1949

In 1933 the German state subsidized massively the construction of engines for airplanes, an aspect that apothecia BMW to increase its business. In 1941 BMW is made with the control of Brandenburgerische Motorwerken. The Munich plant suffers major damage due to the outbreak of World War II, while the Allach factory virtually went unscathed.

1950-1969

In the 1950s the economic situation of BMW was quite precarious. So much so that at the end of 1959 Daimler-Benz made an offer that included the restructuring of BMW. This option was rejected by small shareholders as well as by company employees. In the mid-1960s the Munich production plant reached practically its capacity limit. BMW planned to build another factory, but in 1967 it bought the company, Hans Glas, with its three factories of Dingolfing and Landshut. In the following three decades the growth of the Dingolfing plant reaches such a magnitude that it becomes the one of greater production of BMW. Motorcycle manufacturing moved to Berlin in 1969.

1970-1989

In 1972 the South African importer of BMW was going through serious economic hardship. In an effort not to lose that market, the firm decided to open a plant in that country, the first outside Germany. A year later, in 1973, the company began its global expansion. The first division was created in France. In 1977 the construction of the new factory of Berlin begins and in 1979 the engine production plant of Steyr, Austria, is inaugurated. On 1 March 1984, the Berlin factory was officially opened.

BMW 3 Series

1990-2000

BMW 3 Series Sedan E36

The Center for Research and Innovation, called FIZ, opened in Munich in 1990. Four years later, BMW landed in the United States. The plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, opens in 1994 whose production is dedicated exclusively to the BMW Z3. From there it would be exported to the whole world. A few years later the BMW X5 would also be manufactured in those same facilities. In 1994 BMW acquires Rover, in a move to consolidate in the British market. In 1998 BMW bought the rights to use the name Rolls-Royce, although according to the agreement signed until 2003 could not use it. At that time Volkswagen was the manufacturer of such cars. In 2000 BMW disengages of Rover after a series of problems that advised its sale. MINI saw the light in 2001 and began manufacturing brand models at the plant in Oxford, England.

Present

Since 2000 BMW has been focusing on the premium segment with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. The total vehicle production of the BMW Group in 2008 was 1,439,936 vehicles in 6 countries.

At the moment the models that are commercialized of the mark are series 1, series 3, series 5, series 6, X1, X3, X5, X6 and Z4.

Milestones and curiosities

BMW has a division of motorcycles, something quite unusual in the automobile industry.

The technological improvements of the firm are always introduced first in the BMW 7 Series.

BMW 7 Series M Sport

BMW was one of the first manufacturers to have a hydrogen-powered model, a variant of the BMW 7 Series. However, they recently abandoned their development to focus on other technologies.

Competition

BMW was inducted into Formula 1 in 1980. At that time it was an engine supplier. In 1987 he made a break in that competition. A decade later he returned to Formula 1, in conjunction with Williams.

The 10 key models (and moments) in BMW history

The German mark is already centennial; to celebrate it, throughout this year the firm is holding all kinds of celebrations; in one of them, we have had the privilege of seeing some of its iconic models. What have been and what has represented not only for BMW but for the world motor industry?

It all began on March 7, 1916; on that date, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG is established as a successor to the aircraft manufacturer Gustav-Otto-Flugmaschinenfabrik with an office registered at Lerchenauer Straße in Munich. In 1922, the engine construction, name, and brand of Bayerische Motorenwerke AG were transferred to this company. Therefore, the date of establishment of the “New BMW AG” is considered.

BMW R 32

BMW R 32

The first BMW product does not have four wheels … but two; It is a BMW R 32: the first bike manufactured under the brand, developed under the direction of Max Friz, with a double-cylinder horizontal bicolor four-stroke engine.

BMW 3/15

BMW 3/15

On October 1, 1928, BMW takes control of the car manufacturer Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach in Thuringia, where the Dixi 3/15 PS microcar is manufactured as a licensed version of British Austin Seven. This makes the company an automobile manufacturer. Just half a year later, on March 22, 1929, the first BMW 3/15 PS departs from the manufacturing line in the rented building to the Ambi-Budd bus manufacturer at the former Berlin-Johannisthal airfield.

BMW 303

BMW 303

It is presented at the International Motor Show in Berlin as the first six-cylinder car of the brand and also the first model that carries the radiator grille in the form of kidney typical of BMW – and is still used today.

BMW Isetta

BMW Isetta

On October 1, 1954, BMW acquired the license to manufacture a two-seater front passenger car with the Italian manufacturer Iso. The BMW Isetta has many refined details, BMW motorcycle motors and is advertised as “Motocoupé”, the best-selling model of the brand market during the 50’s.

BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series R50

It was May 13, 1969, when the brand terminates the production of motorcycles at the BMW plant in Munich. Production is moved to the Berlin headquarters, where the new BMW 5 Series production line will start. It was a September 12 when BMW launched a new structure for model designations, with the first BMW 5 Series as the successor to the “New Class.” That gives BMW clearly defined model names that are easy to remember and the principle of the system continues to this day. The first digits represent the series and the next two digits the model, based on the engine capacity. Already in June 1983, this Series 5 would be the first of the brand that would debut a diesel engine, specifically a six-cylinder inline, 115 hp turbo for the model 524 to.

BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series

The first generation of the most popular BMW of all time comes to light on June 30, 1975. At the Olympic Stadium in Munich, the Board of Management of BMW AG presents the BMW 3 Series, which launches as successor to the successful BMW Series 02 with new technology and the new designation of the model.

BMW M1

BMW M1

Considered one of the first super cars that saw the light, it is presented in the World Automobile of Paris. It is a sports car with 277cv developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH. His version of competition causes a sensation in the races, including the Procar Series in the program of support races of Formula 1 in Europe in 1979 and 1980.

BMW 325iX and M3

BMW 325iX

The 325ix was the first model of the brand to offer four-wheel drive; The second becomes a myth within compact sports cars. Both saw the light at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series

For the first time, on September 25, 2004, BMW launched a compact model: the Series 1; Preserve of the rest of models of the range its sporty character, rear propulsion, distribution of weights to 50% on both axes.

BMW i3

BMW i3

On September 18, 2013, begins the production and subsequent commercialization of the new model of the ‘i’ brand of BMW; Is called i3 and is a powerful electric 170 hp, developed from scratch and built largely with lightweight carbon fiber.

2 other curious things in the history of the brand:

June 22, 1931

The “Rail Zeppelin” with BMW VI engine of twelve cylinders built by the designer of trains Franz Kruckenberg reaches a speed of 230 km / h and marks, therefore, a new world record of speed for vehicles on the track.

April 30, 1945

US Navy Soldiers reach the so-called Shadow Plant and the Allach Field near Munich. As of December 1939, prisoners of war, convicts, forced laborers and prisoners of concentration camps have been used there and in other venues to manufacture aircraft engines.